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Vanillekipferl or Vanilla Crescents

Walnut crescent shaped cookies rolled in vanilla sugar
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  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 sticks butter + 2 tablespoons
  • 1 generous cup ground walnuts
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1-2 cups confectioners sugar (mixed with Vanilla sugar or Vanilla powder) for rolling the cookies in
  • 1 pack Vanilla sugar (about 1 tablespoon) to mix with confectioners sugar


  • Mix butter with sugar for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy then add rest of the ingredients. If it seems too dry, once you start working the dough with your hands the butter and walnuts will release more moisture and you will be able to shape the cookies nicely. I like to let the dough rest in the fridge (shaped in a ball, wrapped in plastic wrap) for about half an hour to an hour before shaping them.
    Once you start shaping the cookies you take a part of the dough, roll out a big log thickness around and inch and cut it in equal little pieces. You will roll each again into a little roll about the size of your pinky finger or little thicker, then you give it it’s final crescent shape and put onto a baking sheet. They don’t really spread so you can fit a lot on one cookie sheet.
    Bake them on 350 for 8 minutes, no more…or they will dry out. Let them cool just slightly before rolling them in vanilla confectioners sugar.